Title
Mastering the connoisseur's eye : paintings, criticism, and the canon in Dutch and Flemish travel culture, 1600-1750 Mastering the connoisseur's eye : paintings, criticism, and the canon in Dutch and Flemish travel culture, 1600-1750
Author
Faculty/Department
Faculty of Arts. History
Publication type
article
Publication
Davis, Calif. ,
Subject
Art
History
Source (journal)
Eighteenth-century studies. - Davis, Calif.
Volume/pages
46(2012) :1 , p. 29-56
ISSN
0013-2586
ISI
000310408800002
Carrier
E
Target language
English (eng)
Affiliation
University of Antwerp
Abstract
Gerrit Verhoeven, Mastering the Connoisseur's Eye: Paintings, Criticism, and the Canon in Dutch and Flemish Travel Culture, 1600-1750 During the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries, pioneering books on art theory-by Richardson, Piles, Lairesse, and many others-formulated benchmark criteria to assess the quality of paintings and shaped a canon of favorite masters, schools, and subjects. Less is known about the actual appropriation of this high-brow canon by laymen art lovers, amateurs, and connoisseurs. Flemish and Dutch travel diaries are used in this article to unveil more details about these middlebrow art observations. Was a long and expensive Grand Tour the sole vehicle for close encounters with the arts? Flow did laymen's interest and discourse about the arts evolve over the long run? Finally, the study attempts to reconstruct the Netherlandish "common" taste for individual masters, schools, genres, and periods.
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